Travel Insider

By: Brian McCallen

Traveling with the family to Ireland this summer? The Lodge at Doonbeg, a deluxe seaside resort in Co. Clare near Shannon, has scheduled a variety of kid-friendly activities. Children can enjoy the resort's playground, petting farm, soccer pitch, and peddle carts, as well as a Kid's Club offering daily supervised activities that range from building sand castles and flying kites on wind-swept Atlantic beaches, to horseback riding and pond fishing. Families can reserve Doonbeg's complimentary bicycles to explore Clare's seaside towns; surf on Doughmore Beach (and in nearby Lahinch); sail and windsurf in Kilkee; canoe and kayak on Doonbeg River; take nature walks around Doonbeg Village; or tee it up on Doonbeg's spectacular Greg Norman-designed links course, which plays 6,885 yards through the dunes. A three-night stay in a two-bedroom Links Cottage starts at $806.

Scheduled for Aug. 26–30 in Myrtle Beach, S.C., the World Amateur Handicap Championship, now in its 30th year, has already attracted nearly 3,000 participants. Promoted as the “largest and most fun-filled amateur golf tournament on the planet,” the event features 72 holes of stroke play competition, an 18-hole championship play-off, gifts and prizes, plus nightly parties and entertainment. The World Am is open to all golfers (17 years old and above) with a certified USGA handicap or foreign equivalent. The event features five competitive divisions, ranging from men 49 and under to a women’s division. The tournament is contested in approximately 60 different Myrtle Beach area courses, included top-rated venues such as Caledonia, Tidewater, and the TPC Myrtle Beach. Registration is open through Aug. 8. Entry fee is $550.   

Already planning ahead for a pre-holiday golf trip later in the year? The Hammock Dunes Invitational Pro-Am, scheduled for Dec. 7–10 in Palm Coast, Fla., features play on two exclusive, championship-caliber venues. The Links Course, by Tom Fazio, features a series of holes that skirt the Atlantic Ocean. The Creek Course, by Rees Jones, plays through pine forests and along the Intracoastal Waterway. The three-day, 54-hole tournament, limited to 24 teams (three amateurs, one pro per team), includes a complimentary practice round. Maximum handicap is 18. Amateur fee of $1,925 includes three nights’ accommodations at Hammock Beach Resort, most meals, and prizes totaling $7,200 in gift certificates, plus trophies. Pros are complimentary and will play for a total purse of $22,800.

Pelz Golf Schools has scheduled one- and three-day instructional programs at 27-hole Centennial Golf Club in Carmel, N.Y., one of the New York metropolitan area’s finest daily-fee facilities. According to Pelz, “Centennial is home to the four-acre learning facility I designed to help golfers dial in their skills from 100 yards and in.” The programs, available through Aug. 31, range from a 3 Day Scoring Game School ($2,875) slated for July 18 – 20 and Aug. 23 – 25; to weekday and weekend 1 Day Clinics priced at $425. 

Following an extensive three-year, $28 million renovation, Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, Calif. has reopened. Located inland and a few miles south of Pebble Beach, the property’s new look draws inspiration from California ranch and Spanish colonial motifs. The 77 refurbished guest rooms have private decks or patios overlooking the lake, gardens, or golf course. In addition, a few of the property’s 14 suites have working fireplaces. The resort offers a heated outdoor pool, bocce court, tennis courts, fitness center, eclectic regional cuisine at Edgar’s, and an on-site Land Rover Driving Experience School. KemperSports now manages the resort’s 18-hole golf course, a Robert Muir Graves design stretched across a valley floor dotted with lakes and framed by specimen trees. Stay & Play packages starting at $225 are available.  


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